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Cowley Retreat

Cowley Retreat

The Cowley Retreat is a newly refurbished hangout destination which has been developed in a smart café-bar style. It was once known as the Ampney Cottage, and for a while it was also known as an ale house run by Wychwood. The Cowley Retreat is a street corner pub where we have several hand pumps installed for you to enjoy with friends and family. We have a warm and welcoming staff, that will serve you a great collection of drinks and variety of food that you are sure going to love!

Address: 172 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE

Tel: 01865 247878

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The Art Bar

Art Bar

The Art Bar is the front bar of a popular and well-known late-night live music venue that organizes variety of live performances, comedy events, and festivals and offers drinks and delectable food. It has recently re-gained real ale after several years of being all kegs, and a second hand pump is to be installed, so it’s going to be double the fun! The front bar is well soundproofed and the gigs are held in the back room. The televisions in the front bar telecast matches, and when there is no sport showing, they show what’s going on in the back room.

Address: 162 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE

Tel: 01865 244516


Duke of Monmouth

Duke of Monmouth

This fairly popular and economic pub is named after the illegitimate son of Charles II with Lucy Walter; the Duke of Monmouth which was constructed in 1930 and has a remarkable motif in stone on the front wall. The interiors are cozy and the décor has fascinating snaps that show the legacy of Morris Motors along with few TVs framed with cowhide. The lounge is designed as a restaurant and serves Swiss food and also classic English dishes. The pub recently went through a makeover so there is an exciting new menu and ambiance waiting for you.

Address: 260 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4TA

Tel: 01865 240294

Rusty Bicycle

Rusty Bicycle

True to its name, the pub does have a rusty bicycle outside the building! The Rusty Bicycle in just a six year ‘young’ pub that was created as a nice hangout spot for students and anyone else who is in the mood for a good meal with a drink. The pub is veiled in the back streets of East Oxford and has a very tempting menu that you will love. They also have an all day menu of food and drink with top notch scotch being a specialty. The place is quite happening because of the cozy insides for the winters and a warm garden for the summers.

Address: 28 Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RB

Tel: 01865 435298

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City Arms

City Arms

The City Arms is on a makeover phase with all new signs and furniture from January 2015. This is often dubbed to be the “Number one Pub” for students around Oxford. It is quite popular because of the low priced drinks along with live sport telecasts. It is situated in East Oxford and is the right place for you if you want to go out with friends for a beer and to watch a match of anything. The pub also has large heated beer garden, pool tables to go with the telecasts. It is an ideal Sports bar for students and others alike.

Address: 288 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UR

Phone:01865 725299


Jack Russell

Jack Russell

This pub was closed recently but is open again. It is quite famous with the older local crowd and has two rooms, a basic bar with pool table and darts, and a bigger comfortable lounge. It is known for good quality of the beer and became a pleasurable Sunday lunchtime point, but is not very happening at night. The pub has a bounty of bar stools and lavish seating in the lounge. The décor has pictures of the cute Jack Russell dog and puppies. It is quite low priced and has good abundance of alcohol.

Address: Salford Road, Oxford OX3 0RX

Tel: 01865 791899

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Donnington Arms

Donnington Arms

 This classic 1930s corner pub went down a bit but has later been largely converted into a Nepalese restaurant in 2010 which has now become renowned for its good food. The large, classic pub from the outside has two different faces – the old bar and the lounge. The lounge has a lot of old or pseudo-old features and souvenirs. The pub has traces of its old features with dart board and several other games but the other side has the new restaurant and the two are kept separate from each other.  The usual people who hang out is a collection of older locals and grad students with beer in their hands. The pub also has a regular chess session every Sunday for the regulars.

Address: 147-151 Howard Street, Oxford OX4 3AZ

Tel: 01865 722466


Crooked Pot

Crooked Pot

Plush with ombré colors that soothe the tired soul, the crooked pot pub has been reviewed to be one of Oxford’s best kept secrets. Once known as the Berkshire House Pub replete with all sorts of paraphernalia required in an ale-house, the place now boasts of leather sofas, a big screen television playing Sky Sports and pictures of landmarks in Oxford any person with wanderlust would be inflamed to stumble across with surreptitious passion. Truly a spot to unwind and take in the remnants of the day, the Crooked Pot pub is a wonderful place to visit on special or karaoke/disco nights, washing all down with a pint of Greene King beer.

Address: 200 Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4RA

Tel: 01865 200055

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